by Collete Jackson Fink
Essential Elements Every Fantasy Fiction Novel Must Have
Fantasy fiction is a popular genre in literature. Fantasy series such as George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter are what brings magic to the literary world.
Their stories are unique and well-loved by numerous readers from around the world. However, fantasy fiction is a complicated genre to write in.
If you are an aspiring author of fantasy fiction, you need to keep in mind of certain elements that your story should contain for it to be classified as fantasy.
Here are some of the essential elements that your fantasy fiction novel must have:
A unique magic system
For a story to be considered fantasy fiction, it needs to contain some kind of magic system.
This element is what makes fantasy fiction distinct from the other genres of literature, especially science fiction.
Many people get confused on the difference between fantasy fiction and science fiction because the two genres often contain similar elements.
However, what mainly differentiates fantasy fiction from science fiction is that the latter is grounded in reality and science,
while the former involves things that do not exist in real life such as magic.
So, to put it simply, magic system is an element of fantasy fiction comprising of things that exist or occur in a story, but do not or cannot exist or occur in the real world.
This includes supernatural creatures, enchantment, witchcraft, sorcery, superpowers, and more.
If you want to make your fantasy fiction novel outstanding and quite sellable in the market,
it needs to have a completely unique and imaginative magic system - something readers have not seen or read about before.
An intriguing central conflict
Every good story contains conflict. Conflict refers to any trouble or contention between opposing forces, which makes a story more interesting.
This element of literature is especially necessary in fantasy fiction where stories are usually stretched long and the stakes are often higher for the characters.
Generally, there are three main types of conflict that authors can use to spice up their stories: inner conflict, small-scale conflict, and large-scale conflict.
Inner conflict is a conflict experienced by the characters within themselves. Small-scale conflict, on the other hand, is that which is experienced between two or more characters.
Large-scale conflict then is where the characters are opposed by a powerful external force (e.g. natural force).
In writing fantasy fiction, you need to come up with a central conflict that is as intriguing as possible.
You can use a combination of the different types of conflict in your book, but make sure that doing so does not disrupt the coherence of your story.